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March 23, 2017 | 208 Pages | 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
Seventeen-year-old Anabelle Gamin wakes one morning to a family, friends, and a town that does not know her, and a touch that carries the power of life and death.
Is it Anabelle that has gone wrong, or the world? She needs to find out before she's torn apart
About the Author
Melissa Volker is an award-winning author of several literary fiction novels and short story collections. Her debut novel, "Delilah of Sunhats and Swans garnered praise from Alice Fulton, Guggenheim Poet and Professor who said, ""Delilah...is a charmer, a being blessed with a charisma as mysterious as it is luminous. You won't soon forget her." She has also penned a middle-grade fantasy duology and recently found herself delving into strange, genre YA exploring the world of teenagers in an unconventional light.
"This young adult coming of age story, Anabelle Lost is a beguiling and haunting look at a young woman's abrupt upheaval from small town life into a stranger's existence. I could feel her angst and utter sense of isolation as she wanders the streets she's known all her life and is seen by the people she grew up with as a stranger, as an interloper who was found, much like Goldilocks in the fairytale, in someone else's bed. How she holds on to her identity and adapts to her most unusual situation is the stuff of a most enchanting novel.
Anabelle's strengths, her gifts, her resolute belief in herself hold her in good stead throughout a situation that would challenge the most seasoned adult, and all this happens while she is still an adolescent, even if she is an old soul. Anabelle and her friend, the artist and itinerant, Trent, are marvelous main characters the reader can't help but come to care about.
Volker's plot is original,compelling and irresistible as the familiar is turned on its edges, and the photographer who loved seeing the strange angles and play of light is set adrift in her own world that is hiding within the cracks of reality. Anabelle Lost is a first-rate coming of age paranormal thriller and it's most highly recommended."
-- Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite
"A harrowing concept explored with strikingly visual prose;beautifully written. Poignant and lyrical. Deeply thought provoking.
A must read."
-- Susan Buffum, Black King Takes White Queen
"Who is Anabelle? Oh, you'll want to know.... Volker leads us down a rollercoaster of mind-bleepery..."
-- Sean Sweeney, "Zombie Showdown"